Willie Anderson Quotes
It means I'm surrounded by a good group of guys that allows me to play at a high level and get showcased and get wins. Anytime you get an individual honor, to me, it always comes back to the guys around you. The guys I'm playing with on the offensive line - Bobbie Williams, Richie Braham, Levi (Jones) and (Eric) Steinbach - those guys allow me to go out and get my talent showcased because they're playing so well as a unit. Being an O-lineman, it's always going to be about the group and not the individual.
Guys have to realize that it took us 15 years to get here. It's not going to be easy for us. They don't start throwing you bones for another five, six, seven years. We've got to come to work, take the shovel, and break up the rocks with the sledgehammer. It's not going to be easy. It's just the hand that we've been dealt.
Bratkowski has been preaching to us the last couple of years that our will to prepare to win has to be greater than our will to win. That's what the good football teams do. They out-prepare people. We have to get our young guys' football knowledge up. You don't need to run a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash to do it. We've got to play smart football.
The thing I focus on just before the snap is the inside half of the guy across from me. Coaches call it having 'big eyes.' You keep those big eyes focused on his inside number, the number that's right across from you, because that's the part of him that tells you where he's going to go. Whether he's going to make a move outside or try to bull-rush you.